It is a privilege to share the progress of your company as we mark our 175th year in business. I am pleased to tell you our team of agents and employees turned in another strong performance on your behalf in 2019, adding to the financial strength that supports the plans you made for yourself and the people you care about the most.

Much has changed since we opened our doors in 1845. 

At a time when our world is more digitally connected than ever before, it’s difficult to imagine one that was still decades away from seeing the first telephone or Edison’s light bulb. Over the years, our business has evolved from a small storefront life insurance operation into what is now an international company offering  an array of insurance and investment products and services to millions.

What hasn’t changed, however,  is the role we play in people’s lives.  We are here to help you believe in your ability to build a better future. We strive to inspire and enable you to act on the care and love you have for those most important to you.

From our perspective, what we do goes beyond the benefits we offer. It’s more than just finding the right product to make sure that you’ll have enough money to pay for your child’s education. It’s about enabling you to be the parent who can tell your son or daughter that he or she can go to the college of their choice. It’s more than just helping you save enough money for a comfortable retirement. It’s about helping you look back on a lifetime of memories you built with the person you love and being able to say, “we did good.”

Since our founding, moments  like these, more than anything  else, reflect who we are and what we believe in. And it continues today primarily through the work of our agents across the country – financial experts dedicated to helping you create these moments and be  good at life.

We sincerely appreciate the trust you have placed in us. You can be certain when you need us, we will  be there – just as we have been for the past 175 years.

Thank you for choosing New York Life.


New York Life CEO Ted Mathas.
New York Life CEO Ted Mathas.

Ted Mathas

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Download a PDF of the 2019 Report to Policy Owners

Download a PDF of the 2019 Report to Policy Owners